We have been having the most amazing weather – beautiful, crisp mornings; lovely, warm afternoons. I have loved everything about it… except these allergies! I’ve had the sneezing/sniffles all week, but now my throat is sore, my glands are swollen, and my eyes are watering like crazy. I’m at home in bed today, hoping I can get to feeling better by the time Jeanne has to leave for the weekend!
Last weekend was a great time for Mama, Daddy, and me. We were indeed able to go to our Family Reunion and all had such a good time! I wasn’t absolutely sure Mama would be up for the trip, and I knew for certain that Saturday morning she would not WANT to go anywhere – she’s definitely not a morning person! But with some sweet, gentle prodding (really, I was sweet!) she got up and we were out the door only 30 minutes later than we planned to be!
All the family was so excited to see Daddy and Mama. The loss of my aunt was still so fresh, so the gathering of our elder family members was extra precious! As I’ve said before, Daddy is the only of the five Brothers living, and now we’ve lost one of the wives. One of my uncles was divorced many years ago – I don’t even remember my Aunt Dottie – and he never remarried, so there are only 3 wives still living. Aunt Jeri is 89, Mama will be 82 next week, and Aunt Jackie is probably in her late 70s, perhaps right at 80, though I’m not sure because she looks so young! She was also born on Leap Day, so I’m not certain anyone really knows how old she is!!
The trip to Fairfield was pretty nice. Missy, my niece, came along with us. Daddy was a bit introspective, partially dreading the reunion with yet another loved one missing. Mama wasn’t talkative, and Missy was sleeping most of the way. Sometimes listening to the radio is helpful, sometimes the noise aggravates Mama, but I thought I’d try it. Pamela and Will gave Bill a CD for Christmas last year of Michael Card’s Celtic Hymns. It is one of my favorites right now, and Mama didn’t seem to mind it at all. We had a lovely drive!
We arrived just in time for breakfast – the Allens favorite meal of the day! I think Daddy was afraid we’d be too late to eat, but we got there as they were putting the food on the buffet line. Oooohhhhhhh, those Allens know how to cook breakfast! We have bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits, both plain and cheese, and wonderful gravy! That’s my favorite – the gravy! I didn’t eat any, though – I was a good girl on my diet.
After breakfast we just sat around visiting. Aunts Jeri and Jackie sat with Mama and Daddy, which was a really blessing. Mama can’t speak very well, but they were so understanding, and didn’t leave her frustrated. Aunt Jeri is quite a talker, so she just filled in the gaps when Mama couldn’t get there!
At around 1:00 the whole group moved to the front of the house for our annual family photo, then we had to head home. I had told Mama we’d leave around 2:00, and we actually made it into the car very shortly after that.
We made a stop at Dairy Queen for a late lunch and a Blizzard – again, I was a good girl and didn’t have one! – and headed to the house. We actually got home before dark, and Mama only had a short moment of confusion when we drove up to the house. She did really well the rest of the weekend, and only had problems late Sunday evening.
Monday, Daddy had an appointment with the doctor because of the shortness of breath he’d experienced last week. I almost canceled it since he’d not complained about it all weekend, but he also had fluid on his ears and we wanted to have that seen about. Dave and Missy stayed with Mama while Daddy and I went to town. The doctor went ahead and ordered a chest X-ray and some blood work because it had been quite awhile since his last labs. Daddy had not been complaining about feeling bad, actually seemed to be doing pretty well, but the next day the doctor’s office called and said he has pneumonia!! We were all so surprised! He’s on an antibiotic now, and has to go back in two weeks for a recheck.
Well, I’d better get off and get a nap before Jeanne has to go home. Please pray that I will get better quickly!
God bless your day!